Suzanne Isidor, a former letterwinner and head coach at Penn State University, became the fifth UC Davis head women's lacrosse coach in the program's varsity era on August 24, 2017.
Isidor directed the Davis Lacrosse Association from 2012 to 2017 and served as a consultant for Tenacity Lacrosse Club for the two seasons prior to her arrival at UC Davis. However, she is best known in the collegiate circles for her tenures at Drew University (1996-2000) and Penn State (2000-2010), where she combined for a 140-101 NCAA coaching record.
Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Isidor (formerly Suzanne Weinberg) played four years for the Nittany Lions from 1992-95, helping her team to three NCAA postseason appearances including a semifinal finish as a senior co-captain. She garnered IWLCA Regional All-America (now known as IWLCA All-Region) distinction in that final season, then began her coaching career a year later as an assistant at her alma mater. One year later, Isidor received the opportunity to take over as head coach at Drew.
In four seasons in the Garden State, Isidor guided the Rangers to a combined 56-15 record, four straight Middle Atlantic Conference championships plus an NCAA Division III tournament berth in 2000. She won a pair of MAC Coach of the Year awards, plus a South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year nod in 1997. Isidor mentored six All-Americans during her stint at Drew, including three-time honoree Karen Townsend.
Then in 2001, she made her return to Happy Valley, this time as the head coach. Isidor served 10 seasons at the Penn State helm, compiling an 84-86 record and leading the program to NCAA tournament appearances in 2001 and 2005. Isidor also chaired the Tewaaraton Award and IWLCA All-Region selection committees, served on the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee, and chaired Penn State's Athletic Council for Diversity and Inclusion.
Although her official affiliation with UC Davis began in the fall of 2017, Isidor was no stranger to the university. Her husband, Dan, joined the UC Davis staff in 2012 as an assistant dean with the College of Biological Sciences, and more recently assumed the post of executive director of principal gifts for the Development & Alumni Relations office. Suzanne continued to coach upon her arrival in Davis, first with the DLA then with Tenacity Lacrosse Club.
Isidor's efforts with the DLA also forged a strong connection with Aggie women's lacrosse. Her youth teams have frequented UC Davis home games during the past few years, while Ladouceur and her players often volunteered at DLA practices for the U8 through U14 teams. Suzanne and Dan Isidor reside in Davis with their three sons: Jackson, and twins Evan and Luke.